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Guitar Greats: Paul McCartney

Whenever anyone talks about Paul McCartney, a lot of their attention is focused on his songwriting, so much so that the thought, "Oh, he's a pretty fine bass player" is almost put on the back burner.

But make no mistake, Sir Paul's playing is profoundly nuanced.  While Reddit can't prove this outright, there is a thread on its "Bassit" section titled, "Is it me, or is any bass riff by Paul McCartney crazy difficult to play?"  The only thing funnier than that title are the countless comments from users trying to wrap their heads around how Macca plays the way he does while singing.


Paul McCartney on stage at the Cavern nightclub in Liverpool during the early days of British beat group The Beatles, circa 1960.


Paul McCartney from The Beatles performs at Alpha TV studios in Birmingham, England during filming of ABC TV show 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' on 15th December 1963.


Paul McCartney, with The Beatles, performing, playing Hofner 500/1 'violin' bass guitar at Teddington Studios circa 1964.


Concert Of The Beatles At The Palais Des Sports of Paris, France, on June 20, 1965.


1966, British rock musician Paul McCartney playing on stage during The Beatles', last tour. Drummer Ringo Starr is visible in the background.


Bassist Paul McCartney of the rock and roll band 'The Beatles' records bass in the studio in circa 1967.


Paul McCartney from Wings performs live on stage at The Theatre Antique in Arles, France on July 13 1972.


Paul McCartney with Wings in 1973.


Paul McCartney of 'Wings' performs onstage at the Detroit Olympia on May 7, 1976 in Detroit, Michigan.


Portrait of British musician Paul McCartney as he plays acoustic guitar against a red background, October 7, 1984.


Paul McCartney playing a Wal 5-string bass, performs live on stage at the Sportshalle in Hamburg, Germany on October 04 1989.


Paul McCartney performs on stage, playing Hofner 500/1 violin bass guitar, at Waldbühne on September 3rd 1993 in Berlin, Germany.


Paul McCartney on stage during the 'Here, There and Everywhere' tribute concert to his late wife Linda on 10th April, 1999 at the Royal Albert Hall, London.


Paul McCartney performs at rehearsals during The Concert for New York City at Rehearsals at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.


Paul McCartney performs a medley of 'Fine Line' and 'Helter Skelter' at The 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Show in 2006.


Paul McCartney Secret Show at Highline Ballroom - June 13, 2007 at Highline Ballroom in New York City, New York, United States.


Paul McCartney visits 'Late Show With David Letterman' at the Ed Sullivan Theater on July 15, 2009 in New York City.


Sir Paul McCartney performs live on stage at O2 Arena on December 5, 2011 in London, United Kingdom.

Paul McCartney performs during the 6th Annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park on August 9, 2013 in San Francisco, California.


Paul McCartney performs onstage during The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.